Avid Arch Rival 50 Brake System

4.64/5 (170 Reviews)
Weight : 198 g MSRP : $45.00


Product Description

  • Accu-Push Technology
  • Force Vector Alignment
  • Locking Noodle & Overcoat
  • Cable Anchor


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by long_h_lam a Weekend Warrior from London, England

    Date Reviewed: June 30, 2009

    Strengths:    - Power. Best V-brakes I've used to date, except maybe for the Magura HS33 (hydraulic rims).
    - Excellent modulation.
    - Easy to adjust to get max power.


    Weaknesses:    None for the price

    Bottom Line:   
    One of the best v-brakes on the market, very easy to adjust to get the right setup. Has adjustable modulation for adjusting feel, very smooth to operate.
    I tried to get another set a few months ago, but they sold out :o(

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Bonthrone Bikes, Vau

    Similar Products Used:   Lots of Shimano v-brakes, Deore, LX, Alivio, etc.
    Tektro v-brakes (cheap ones)
    Magura HS33


    Bike Setup:   Marin Quake 9.0 2001 model (Manitou X-Vert, XT rear, LX front), downhill frame, double butted and reinforced ALU.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by headwerkn a Weekend Warrior from Hobart, TAS, Australia

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2009

    Strengths:    Hugely powerful, look trick, cheaper than discs (at the time)

    Weaknesses:    Could get noisy, not immune to water/mud, replacement pads weren't cheap, disc brakes are now affordable.

    Bottom Line:   
    It was nearly 10 years ago but I still remember the day a mate and I picked up our new FSR Extremes from the shop. The guy warned us about the brakes... "These are stronger than any brake you've used before, go easy with them".. we just grinned and thought yeah yeah whatever dude and rode off... come to the first traffic light and we both nearly endo-ed over the bars.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Came with bike (Spec

    Similar Products Used:   Whatever the cable discs are on my Shogun hardtail (they suck, anyway).

    Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR Extreme, Mavic Crossride rims and hubs.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by adam a Weekend Warrior from england

    Date Reviewed: May 12, 2007

    Strengths:    realy powerful brake, simple to fit

    Bottom Line:   
    really powerful, easy to fit, very adjustable, and looks pimpin'

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   avid SD 3s, tektro

    Bike Setup:   singlespeed xile, FSA BB and headset, truvativ hussefelt cranks maxxis holy rollers

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt K a Weekend Warrior from Pretoria, South Africa

    Date Reviewed: April 24, 2006

    Strengths:    Extremely powerful! Great Modulation, well designed. Makes
    endos easy.


    Weaknesses:    If your rim is not perfectly trued then adjusting becomes a bit difficult by nothing too bad. as powerful as discs but weaker in mud and rain

    Bottom Line:   
    a great product! the best v brake

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $64.00

    Similar Products Used:   tektro v brake, clarks pads, kool stops

    Bike Setup:   giant 06 boulder

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ben Tisdale a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2005

    Strengths:    Well engineered, awesome looks, cheap, easy to adjust

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    These are the best v brakes I have ever tried. On my first ride I almost went over the bars because I under estimated their power. Damn good product. I don't understand how anyone could be unhappy with them. The complainers are probably not as honest as they would have you believe. Get'em and forget 'em!

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    Favorite Trail:   Grapevine

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Dia Compe

    Bike Setup:   Specialized M2, Spinergy Rev-x Rox, Race Face Cranks

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Lindsay D a Cross Country Rider from St. Louis Park, MN, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2005

    Strengths:    -Ease of setup & maintainance.
    -Very little adjustment to switch between wheels with different rim widths.
    -Stopping power!


    Weaknesses:    Ummm... nobody gave them to me for free?

    Bottom Line:   
    These are great. Buy 'em.
    I'm the parts buyer for a shop in Minneapolis, and as much as the nifty new technology is nifty and new, more often than not I see that stuff in the shop while the people with regular stuff are out riding and not wondering why their expensive crap doesn't work for, well, crap.
    I've got two rules of thumb for disc brakes:
    1) Disc on a cross-country hardtail?
    2) For full-suspension, if your suspension travel is smaller than the diameter of a disc rotor, why bother, Evel Knievel?

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    Favorite Trail:   new Theodore Wirth trail, Mpls

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Maple Grove Cycling

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT & XTR V-brakes, entry-level Avid V-brakes.

    Bike Setup:   Gunnar Rockhound (steel, baby.) w/SRAM 9.0, TruVativ cranks, LX/Salsa wheels, and an old, inexpensive, but reliable and easily adjustable Judy SL fork.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Glenn Vernes from Middletown, CT

    Date Reviewed: April 18, 2005

    Strengths:    Very easy to install, set up, and adjust. All adjustments can be made with an allen wrench.

    Weaknesses:    the SD 7 levers bend very easily

    Bottom Line:   
    Vey easy to install and set up. With the Speed Dial levers you can adjust the feel with the turn of a knob. They provide braking power comparable to the Avid mechanical disks (in dry conditions, and as long as you're using ceramic rims) and better then any other rim brakes I've tried (including XTR). It's very nicely made (espescially for the price) and has a look of quality. And they don't squeal. The arch seems to catch leaves a little ealier than regular v-brakes. I got mine as a package deal with SD-7 levers from Price Point and the levers are also well made and have a great shape, but they bent very easily. I bent mine on the first crash (a slow speed endo onto rocks) and was able to bend it back by hand. They're cheap to replace, though. I've only got one ride on the system but so far so good.

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    Favorite Trail:   Trail of Tears, Sandwitch Ma

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   Avid Single Digit, Shimano XTR

    Bike Setup:   Sugar freme, Bomber Z3 fork, ceramic rims

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by George F a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, Canada

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2005

    Strengths:    VERY POWERFUL brakes! These things WILL stop on a dime! I was amazed at how well these babies work. Comes with a built in brake booster. Also amazingly light. VERY impressed.

    Weaknesses:    None, still work great like the 1st time I tried them a year ago.

    Bottom Line:   
    SUPER brakes! Very powerful and strudy. Very very light aswell.

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    Favorite Trail:   Sunview

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Christmas Gift

    Similar Products Used:   Promax

    Bike Setup:   Marin Novato Triple Butted 7005 Aluminum Edge Tubed Frame, Mavic Crossrides, Bontrager Comfort K Hardcase Tires, Rock Shocks Jett 2, Kore Elite XC Comp Handlebars, Kore lite 3 Stem, Avid Arch Rival V-Brakes, Avid Speed Dial SD 2.0L Brake Levers, TruVativ 5D Crank, WTB Momentum Comp ST Headset, WTB Rocket V Saddle, Sette 7 APX seat post, Shimano XT Derailleurs, Cateye Wireless 7 computer, Profile briefs bar Ends, BLT mini-Doppler Light.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by todd a Cross Country Rider from garner

    Date Reviewed: December 23, 2004

    Strengths:    They have great stopping power.

    Bottom Line:   
    These things work great. I'm a heavy rider and have never had a problem slowing down with them. I've been running this style brake for over 4 years now and can't see myself switching. Best rim brakes around.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by edouble a Cross Country Rider from wyandanch,ny

    Date Reviewed: September 16, 2004

    Strengths:    great stopping power and modulation.

    Weaknesses:    dont look as sleek as the ultimates

    Bottom Line:   
    for those who say these brakes have no stopping power i say this. im 6ft. 2in. and 245 lbs of muscle and when i put the hammer down my bikes mooove. yet ive had zero broblems braking, even when im flying downhill. if your having problems its not the brakes, that leaves you with one other option. ill let you figure it out.

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    Favorite Trail:   dupont nat. forest,nc

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

    Similar Products Used:   shimano xt and xtr

    Bike Setup:   i use these brakes on both my voodoo bizango and my jamis dragon. steel baby, all the way all day!.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Glenn a Weekend Warrior from Auckland NZ

    Date Reviewed: August 20, 2004

    Strengths:    Modulation, stopping power and easy to adjust.

    Weaknesses:    None as yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    My bike originally had dia comp brakes, which really are the crappiest i've ever used, specialized must have got em for free cos you definitely would'nt pay for em. Anyway after scaring myself too many times and doing some homework, i upgraded to these with speed dial 7 levers. They took about 1/2 an hour to install, aligned themselves first time and stop me sled like a treat. As a result my riding has improved and i feel more confident in the hairy stuff. They also have more modulation and power than some disc units i've tried, go figure!! Great for the price and they look good too. Speed dial 7 levers a must, they will work with other avids i.e. 1.0l but not as good.

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    Favorite Trail:   Woodhill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Trademe

    Similar Products Used:   Dia comp, avid etc

    Bike Setup:   Now that would be telling, although its a specialized.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by SCOTT a Weekend Warrior from Lakewood, Colo.

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2004

    Strengths:    1.BRAKING POWER WITH ADJUSTABILITY
    2.LOOKS
    3.RETAIL PRICE ESPECIALLY FROM VENDERS LIKE PRICE POINT.


    Weaknesses:    1. CABLES AND LEVERS ON LOWER END MODELS ARE LAME!!!



    Bottom Line:   
    I ALSO HAD PROBLEMS WITH HAVING TO PULL SUPER-HARD ON THE LEVERS TO GET THESE BRAKES TO STOP! MY HANDS WERE WORN OUT AFTER A LONG DESCENT! I REPLACED THE DIGIT 5 LEVERS AND THE CABLES WITH 7 LEVERS AND KEVLAR FLAK JACKET CABLES. IT FINALLY WORKS LIKE I HOPED IT WOULD!!! ARE ARCH RIVALS WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY? LETS JUST SAY I HAD EQUAL OR BETTER BRAKING WITH THE DIGIT 7'S AND I COULD HAVE USED THE MONEY I SAVED TO BUY A NIFTY MULTI-TOOL OR SOMETHING.
    AT LEAST THE BRAKES LOOK COOL...

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    Favorite Trail:   Buffalo Creek

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   1. AVID SINGLE DIGIT 7'S WITH MATCHING LEVERS.
    2. AVID 3'S WITH AVID 5 LEVERS.


    Bike Setup:   04 STUMPJUMPER WITH AVID ARCH RIVAL BRAKES, DIGIT 7 LEVERS,
    AND FLAK JACKET CABLES. CARBON BAR ENDS AND NEW GRIPS. ALL ELSE IS STOCK.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mike Sullivan a Cross Country Rider from Overland Park KS USA

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Supposedly amazing stopping power

    Weaknesses:    makes the rear stays flex almost as much as a full carbon bike like the 9.8

    Bottom Line:   
    dude i installed these brakes looking for something with amazingly good stopping power and looks good too. THEY HAVE only LOOKED GOOD. i hate everything about them!
    they stop worse than a pair of generic low end tektro brakes. THEY STINK. the tension on the left side is all screwed up and it doesn't stop unless you freaking pull lever to your bars. i have tried almost everything i could to fix them and i can't so im going to sell them for a quarter hahaha thats all they are worth to me.

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    Favorite Trail:   minor park

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $37.00

    Purchased At:   Bike America

    Similar Products Used:   avid single digit 7s stuff of that nature.

    Bike Setup:   gary fisher sugar 3+ black adjustable fork, xt front xtr rear, xt shifters and xt cranks.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by syammim arifin a Cross Country Rider from shah alam, malaysia

    Date Reviewed: October 8, 2003

    Strengths:    Low load sensitivity due to the parallel push

    Weaknesses:    A little hard to clear out the linkage in case of detaching the wheels.

    Bottom Line:   
    Better modulation, less sensitivity to brake load making your braking maneuver less susceptible to lockups. Works transparently. Gets a lot of attention too.

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    Favorite Trail:   gruber's grinder

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Rusty hardrock with no stock parts xcept for the friggin 31.7 mm diameter seatpost

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Houston a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

    Date Reviewed: July 8, 2003

    Strengths:    Everything. These breaks rock. They breaking is strong and reliable. They were easy to set up, they clean up easily. Good support from Avid if anything breaks. A reasonable alternative to disc breaks at an excellent price.

    Weaknesses:    Sometimes a little too strong. A little heavier than some of Shimano's breaks.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great product. Great Company. If you want a good solid breaking system, these are the breaks to have. Speed Dial levers are also recomeneded.

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    Favorite Trail:   Conyers International Horse Park Olympic Trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $79.00

    Purchased At:   JensonUSA

    Similar Products Used:   Avid Single Digit 7s - Shimano Deore XT - Shimano Deore LX

    Bike Setup:   Jamis XC ALU hardtail w/ LX/XT drive train

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